UK aviation plan puts Heathrow at heart of post-Brexit growth » Manila Bulletin Business

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Aircraft taxi along the perimeter of the north runway, center, and past passenger terminal buildings at London Heathrow Airport, in this aerial photograph taken over London, UK. (Bloomberg file photo)

Britain’s strategy for boosting the aviation sector will seek to enhance connectivity as it quits the European Union, tighten noise and pollution curbs, tap new anti-terrorist technologies and improve the travel experience with everything from personal baggage collection to smoother border controls.

The plan would also seek to safeguard Britain’s aerospace manufacturing base, advance the development of a homegrown space industry and encourage new developments such as drones and personal “flying taxis” while maintaining a rigorous regulatory regime, according to a call for evidence issued by the Department for Transport Friday.

At the heart of the strategy, intended to guide policy making to 2050 and beyond, is a commitment to build a 16 billion-pound ($21 billion) third runway at London Heathrow airport. The study will also consider how best to utilize spare capacity at other hubs before the new strip opens in 2030, especially as Britain seeks to safeguard and extend air links before quitting the European Union.

Tags: aerospace manufacturing, anti-terrorist, aviation sector, border controls, European Union, London Heathrow airport, travel experience

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